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The OnLLLine Chronicle: Issue #5, January 2003

The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #5, January 2003

The OnLLLine Chronicle is a free monthly e-newsletter from La Leche League International, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. We will share updates on LLLI's activities, new products, and other breastfeeding-related news. Thank you for subscribing, and hope you enjoy our news and information!

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1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. Ground-breaking CD-ROM version of BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK available
3. LLLI Conference Poster Sessions
4. Time is Running Out to Get Deep Discount on Quintessential Breastfeeding Book
5. Frequently Asked Question: I am interested in learning more about potassium iodide tablets. Are they safe to take while breastfeeding?
6. Help LLL



The La Leche League Web site brings you breastfeeding information, news from LLLI and much more -- here's what we've added in the past month or so:

*The registration materials and program for the 2003 Lactation Specialist Worskhops are now available -- the first one is in March, so register now! There are some new locations this year!. We hope to see you at one of them!

*Our newest Frequently Asked Question is: "I am interested in learning more about potassium iodide tablets. Are they safe to take while breastfeeding?" It deals with the concerns mothers have had about terrorist attacks that might expose mothers to radioactivity. Excerpts are found below.

*Articles from both the September-October 2002 and November-December 2002 issues of LLLI's publication for members, NEW BEGINNINGS, are now available. There are 32 articles in total. Highlights include an article on breastfeeding and dental caries and one on overcoming miscarriage. You can browse through the articles at our collection of articles sorted by date:

*Seven new LLL Group Web pages have been added to our collection, including a new page for Saudi Arabia:

*More responses to letters about the LLL Renewal Initiative from Leaders have been added to the Board of Directors pages:

*For LLL Leaders, our collection of meeting ideas has grown in the past month, especially in the Meeting #3 collection.

Links to many other new ideas are found at
The Leader password is needed for access to these pages.



Your favorite breastfeeding reference book is now available in searchable CD-ROM format or in hardcover spiral bound format. Easy to use on your PC or Macintosh computer and easy to store on your bookcase or in your briefcase.

Order your personal copy of the completely revised BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK for your home or office. Bulk discounts available. Ordering information is available at:

Order by phone at 847-519-9585 or by fax at 847-519-0035.



During the 2003 LLLI Conference, a special area will be designated for Poster Presentations. Posters will consist of visually interesting charts, graphs, photographs, or text describing a particular project, research or innovative program on the protection, support or promotion of breastfeeding.

If you would like to participate in this enriching activity we invite you to submit a 250-word abstract describing your poster/project/program by February 15, 2003 via email, mail or through the Online Abstract Form. For more information visit



February 15, 2003 will be the last day you can receive the best bargain in town-the newly revised and much updated BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK for only $45 for Leaders, also available in searchable CD-ROM format, advance Leader discount rate of $45. Hard copy and CD-ROM set also has advance discount price of $70 for Leaders.

Save time, save money, order today to receive the bargain advance discount price on the newly revised definitive breastfeeding resource.

For easy ordering, Email: OrderDepartment at; Fax: (847)519-0035, or
visit our Web site for more info at


5. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: I am interested in learning more about potassium iodide tablets. Are they safe to take while breastfeeding?

If there is a terrorist attack or other emergency in the United States involving radiation or radioactive materials such as radioactive iodine, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will play an integral role in the federal response. If the emergency involves release of radioactive iodine, local emergency management officials may recommend that certain populations take potassium iodide tablets (KI) to limit the risk of damage to the thyroid gland. The CDC has produced a Fact Sheet called, "Potassium Iodide (KI)," available here:

It explains that KI may be used to help limit the risk of damage to the thyroid gland following exposure to radioactive iodine and tells when KI tablets might be appropriate and what people should consider before making a decision to take KI.

More details about the Fact Sheet and Potassium Iodide and breastfeeding are in our FAQ at:



If you find that this newsletter is helpful to you, or if you would just like to help with the important work LLLI does in helping mothers around the world breastfeed, you can make a contribution, quickly and easily, via our Web site at: Another option is to become a member of La Leche League -- to learn how, go here:

We appreciate your support, whether as a friend, a member, or a volunteer.



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Contributors: Nancy Jo Bykowski, Mary Hurt, Sue Ann Kendall, Natalia Smith

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